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Librivox: Fulco de Minstreel by Kieviet, Cornelis Johannes show

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Dit avonturenverhaal speelt zich af vlak voor het jaar 1300. Fulco, dienaar van de ridder Gijsbrecht van IJsselstein, heeft zijn bijnaam "De Minstreel" gekregen omdat hij zo mooi kan zingen. Heer Gijsbrecht trouwt met zijn geliefde Bertha, wat gevierd wordt met een groot toernooi. Maar een paar weken later slaat hun geluk om in ongeluk: ze raken van elkaar gescheiden, Gijsbrecht wordt door zijn vijanden gevangen genomen, terwijl Bertha in het kasteel IJsselstein belegerd wordt. Kan Fulco hen uit deze benarde positie redden? Reading in Dutch of "Fulco de Minstreel" - a historical adventure story of knights, gentle ladies and minstrels. [summary by Anna Simon]

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Librivox: How I Found Livingstone by Stanley, Henry Morton, Sir show

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Sir Henry Morton Stanley is famously quoted for saying "Dr Livingstone, i Presume?". Born in Wales, he migrated over to the United States at the age of 18, he eventually became an overseas correspondent for the New York Herald. In 1869 Stanley was told by James Gordon Bennett Jr to find Livingstone, a scottish missionary and explorer. When Stanley commented on the cost Bennett's reply was: "Well, I will tell you what you will do. Draw a thousand pounds now; and when you have gone through that, draw another thousand, and when that is spent, draw another thousand, and when you have finished that, draw another thousand, and so on; but, FIND LIVINGSTONE." How I Found Livingstone is Stanley's personnel account of his trip from Zanzibar to Lake Tanganyika on this quest, including time spent exploring the area with Livingstone. - Written by Lizzie Driver (Modified from Wikipedia)

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Librivox: American Politician, An by Crawford, Francis Marion show

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In 1880’s Boston, Mass. the good life is lead according to all the Victorian era societal rules of the New World. Political ambitions and the business of making money go hand in hand. A Senate seat suddenly opens up due to the current junior senator’s unexpected death, and the political machinations to fill the seat begin. Senatorial candidate John Harrington is a young idealist who thinks that fighting for truth and justice, regardless of political affiliation, is the way. But he is told he can’t possibly win because he isn’t partisan enough. His opponents in the iron mine, railroad and shipping business sabotage his first bid for office, because he wants to do away with protectionism in trade to open up global competition. He eventually succeeds in winning a Senate seat. He gives a rousing speech to Congress as they gather to elect a President in a race which has ended in a three way tie. His message is that blindly following a party’s positions and principles is not being free and independent, and will not always lead to the best person being elected, or to the best decisions being made for the country as a whole. (Summary written by Maire Rhode)

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Librivox: Römische Geschichte Buch 3 by Mommsen, Theodor show

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Mommsen (1817-1903) erhielt für die Römische Geschichte 1902 den Nobelpreis für Literatur. Römische Geschichte Drittes Buch Von der Einigung Italiens bis auf die Unterwerfung Karthagos und der griechischen Staaten This reading is in German.

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Librivox: Child-life in Art by Hurll, Estelle M. show

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The poetry of childhood is full of attractiveness to the artist, and many and varied are the forms in which he interprets it. The Christ-child has been his highest ideal. All that human imagination could conceive of innocence and purity and divine loveliness has been shown forth in the delineation of the Babe of Bethlehem. The influence of such art has made itself felt upon all child pictures. It matters not whether the subject be a prince or a street-waif; the true artist sees in him something which is lovable and winning, and transfers it to his canvas for our lasting pleasure. (Summary from the Preface of Child-life in Art )

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Librivox: Pélerinage d'un nommé Chrétien, Le : écrit sous l'allégorie d'un songe by Bunyan, John show

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« Le pélerinage d'un nommé Chrétien » est un roman allégorique de John Bunyan, publié en 1678. L'auteur rédigea cet ouvrage en 1675, alors qu'il était emprisonné pour avoir violé le Conventicle Act, qui punissait les personnes coupables d'avoir organisé des services religieux non autorisés et sans supervision de l'Église anglicane. Le récit rapporte les aventures de Chrétien, un homme ordinaire tâchant de se frayer un chemin depuis la "Cité de la destruction" jusqu'à la "Cité céleste" de Sion. "The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come" by John Bunyan (published February, 1678) is a Christian allegory. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print. The allegory tells of Christian, an everyman character, who makes his way from the "City of Destruction" (Earth) to the "Celestial City" (Heaven) of Zion. (Summary from Wikipedia, adapted by Ezwa)

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Librivox: Early Kings of Norway by Carlyle, Thomas show

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"The Icelanders, in their long winter, had a great habit of writing; and were, and still are, excellent in penmanship. It is to this fact, that any little history there is of the Norse Kings and their old tragedies, crimes and heroisms, is almost all due. The Icelanders, it seems, not only made beautiful letters on their paper or parchment, but were laudably observant and desirous of accuracy; and have left us such a collection of narratives (Sagas, literally "Says") as, for quantity and quality, is unexampled among rude nations. Snorro Sturleson's History of the Norse Kings is built out of these old Sagas; and has in it a great deal of poetic fire,. . . and deserves to be reckoned among the great history-books of the world. It is from these sources that the following rough notes of the early Norway Kings are hastily thrown together." (Excerpted from Thomas Carlyle's preface by Karen Merline)

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Librivox: Road Builders, The by de Cleyre, Voltairine show

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 12 different recordings of The Road Builders, by Voltairine de Cleyre. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of June 29th, 2008.

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Librivox: Motor Girls , The by Penrose, Margaret show

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When Cora Kimball got her new auto for her birthday she had no idea what adventures would start for her and her brother Jack. Where did Ed’s money and bonds disappear? Were they misplaced or were they stolen and lost forever. Did the conceited Sid Wilcox have something to do with the missing money, with the help of Ida Giles? And what did the obnoxious Lem Gildy have to do with it all? Join Cora and her friends in this mystery and adventure of The Motor Girls. (Summary by Lucy Burgoyne)

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Librivox: Zhetvariat (The Reaper) by Yovkov, Yordan show

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In the tiny village of Lyulyakovo fiercely clash human greed, hate and lust for power. However, the souls of the adversaries are still open to the light of Jesus: the light which transfigures through the miracle of His Icon: who is the Reaper, Who blesses the harvesting of good grains in the souls and uproots the tares of evil from there: this is what the master of the Bulgarian literature, Yordan Yovkov, relates with words of golden wheat and azure skies, taking the reader beyond the passions and mundane dust, through the suffering of the awaken conscience to the final victory of truth and good. (Summary by Euthymius)

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